7 Stingy Stocks That Should Raise Their Dividends


The following is an excerpt from 7 Dividend Stocks That Owe You More Money.

Nothing is more frustrating to me than stingy dividend stocks.

And this is coming from me, a man with a well-deserved reputation as a cheapskate. (I prefer to think of myself as “frugal,” but my friends and family have other choice words for me.) Yet as miserly as I am, I know when I’m beaten. I once had a friend that was tired of paying for lawn service. So he bought a baby goat at a flea market, had the goat eat his grass, then returned to the same flea market and sold the now fattened goat for a profit.

But while I appreciate extreme frugality, it’s not something I tolerate in dividend stocks. I expect my investments to be lavishly generous… which means paying respectable dividends and raising them over time.

Alas, we have a lot of Ebenezer Scrooges out there in corporate America that either don’t pay dividends at all or don’t pay nearly enough of them. Realistically, not every company can be a dividend-paying powerhouse. Cyclical companies like General Motors Company (GM) or Ford Motor Company (F) have wildly erratic businesses and need to keep a little extra cash on hand for the lean years. (Of course, even then, weak share prices have made the pair of them look generous via nearly 5% yields.)

But companies with consistent revenue streams have no excuse for being tight fisted with their investors.

You can think of this as an exercise in naming and shaming. These seven miserly dividend stocks need to open their wallets a little wider and share the wealth with their long-suffering shareholders.

Dividend Stocks That Owe You More Money: Visa (V)

At the top of the list is global payments leader Visa Inc (V).

Visa sits at the intersection of two of the most powerful trends in the economy today: the rise of the cashless society and the rise of the emerging market consumer. With every passing day, more people around the world are swiping their credit and debit cards in more places. And as the owner of the largest global payments network, Visa sits at the middle of this, like a toll booth operator.

Yet Visa has thus far failed to share its success with its shareholders. The dividend yield on V shares is a pitiful 0.7%. It’s not for lack of resources. Visa’s dividend payout ratio is an extremely low 23%.

Why the stinginess? I don’t know. Capital expenditures are a pittance. Visa could double its dividend tomorrow and still have a reasonable cash cushion.

If you own this stock, Visa owes you more money.

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